Christmas is over, roll on Lunar New Year. What better way to keep up the festive spirit than by dining at a restaurant with live music? My three-year-old twins love the two guitarists and singer at Mijas Spanish Restaurant and make numerous song requests when we visit, joining in with the singing. The musicians’ repertoire is formidable, and they’re very good.
Located in the beautiful Murray Building in Stanley, it boasts a sensational seaview from the L-shaped terrace. We’ve become regulars, partly because our kids love the music, partly because it has high-chairs, and partly because the food is decent.
The choice of appetisers is plentiful, with a good selection of traditional and modern tapas as well as salads and soups. Manila clams in white wine and chilli broth is a delicious dish to start, as the spice awakens the taste buds for the other dishes to come and the clams are fresh and a decent size. The grilled sardines come with saffron sauce, although we usually ask them to hold the sauce as the fish are great simply grilled. The meatballs are fun, with an umami-filled surprise filling of truffles and mozzarella cheese. However, while Mijas offers 5J 36-month Iberico ham, which is absolutely delicious, the tapas portion is a tad too expensive for the small serving size.
[quote]Music aside, Mijas is a great addition to the Southside food scene. [/quote]
For the main course, we like to share the roast suckling pig, which is served with crispy skin. Another favourite are the carabineros, jumbo-sized deep-sea prawns with a distinctive red colour that are simply salted and grilled and taste absolutely divine. We have also tried the braised wagyu beef cheek with potato purée, which is slow-cooked for 16 hours until the meat is so tender it falls off the bone. Our kids usually share a pasta from the varied list.
Also on the menu are a number of paellas, which we have yet to try, and several types of oyster, including our favourite white pearl and gillardeau in season, which are shucked to order. At weekends, Mijas also serves a fairly priced lunch and tea buffet.
Staff always try to upsell a King Parrot membership card, which offers discounts at all the group’s restaurants. If you do make Mijas a regular haunt, I guess it’s good value.
Mijas is packed with “local tourists” at weekends, but quiet and pleasant on weeknights – unless we’re there with the kids belting out La Bamba, Ritchie Valens-style.
Mijas Spanish Restaurant | Shop 102, Murray House, Stanley Plaza, Stanley | 2899 0858